Ironwood boys volleyball sweeps Sunrise, stays alive

Ironwood’s Noah Foskit (#12) serves the ball against Sunrise Mountain Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Ironwood High School in Glendale. The Eagles defeated the Mustangs in three sets. (Jacob Stanek/Independent Newsmedia)

Jeff Edgington
For West Valley Preps

Third time’s a charm?

The adage still applied on Thursday evening for Ironwood boys volleyball. It was the team’s first victory in three attempts against No. 10 ranked (Division II) Sunrise Mountain. The Eagles won this home match in about an hour 25-21, 25-23, and 25-16.

Earlier this season Sunrise Mountain swept them 2-0 in a tournament and got them again 2-1 shortly after. Their comeback effort in set 2 was ended at 19-19.
Other than a brief lead (4-2) early in the final set their was little to write home about for the visitors . Nothing was working on the evening.
The Eagles looked the part of a poised Senior-laden team bound for the state tournament after finishing as the runner-up in 2016. Coach Marcy Robb’s speech afterwards painted a different picture.
“We’ve got 11 seniors but very minimal experience. It’s unique really. They’re learning more on the fly. We’re coming around. This group doesn’t have that leadership persay but it’s a very credit-sharing group,” Coach Robb said.
This team approach is a coaches dream. One or two standouts haven’t been the case.
It is a unique scenario for a team 11 months removed from a state title game appearance. Coach Robb said.
“When you get a group where the freshmen are even pushing the seniors to improve that’s the goal as coach,” she said.
Sunrise Mountain’s Josh Freid (#11) hits the ball over the net against Ironwood Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Ironwood High School in Glendale. The Eagles defeated the Mustangs in three sets. (Jacob Stanek/Independent Newsmedia)

It was a dismal, albeit, quick evening for the Mustangs.

The team will need some wins down the stretch in order to crack the top eight in Division II and earn a bye and a home contest in round one.
The Mustangs will have to rebound quickly as they have all five games against the 5A West Valley Region remaining. Region foes Northwest Christian, Centennial, Liberty, Peoria and Kellis all of which have winning records.
Coach Tony Gale said he believes his team will rebound.
The state play-in games which features the No. 9 through No. 24 seeds are Thursday, May 4.
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